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Colonel F.D. Rome D.S.O.

Transcript of Distinguished Service Order Citation


77 Indian Infantry


3 Indian


Royal Fusiliers attached Indian Army

Date of

14th July 1944

Regtl. No.


Rank and Name

Colonel Francis David ROME

Action for which recommended :-

Colonel ROME has been 2nd-in-command 77th Indian Infantry Brigade since its inception. Through his previous experience as G.1 Airborne Division in England and his skill in adapting his knowledge he helped in a very great degree to plan and achieve the success of the Airborne landing of this Brigade. After having supervised the emplanement of the whole Brigade which at the time consisted of seven battalions and two Artillery Troops, he took over command of BROADWAY landing ground in the heart of BURMA. This he organised for defence in such a skilled manner that it withstood a determined attack by a Japanese battalion lasting for five days, from 27th March to 1st April 1944. In this battle he was the driving force of the active defence and finally went out to supervise the successful counterattack and follow up which completed the utter defeat of the battalion of which only about 150 reached their base.

He continued to command BROADWAY for 2 1/2 months and skilfully controlled the two Floater Columns which not only assisted the defence but also controlled all traffic on the IRRAWADDY.

On 25th May 44,the Brigade was ordered to despatch one battalion to attack MOGAUNG. Colonel ROME was put in charge of this operation. He acted with such speed and skill that with a tired battalion marching over 300 feet hills in heavy rain he surprised the enemy and seized a vital pass and a defended 1500 ft hill overlooking MOGAUNG on June 1st. This operation accounted in many ways to the success of the next four weeks' battles. 

Recommended By

Brigadier J.M. Calvert DSO
Commader 77th Indian Infantry Brigade

Honour or Reward


Signed By

Major General W.D.A. Lentaigne
Comd. 3 Ind Div

General G. Giffard
Commander-in-Chief 11 Army Group 

(London Gazette 26.04.45)